Maltese freshwater crab
|Maltese freshwater crab|
|Subspecies:||P. f. lanfrancoi|
It is very rare and its numbers have been decreasing in recent years.
It can grow up to 80 millimetres (3 in) in width.
It is greenish-grey with some occasional orange-yellow patches, and an overall purple hue on the legs.
The Maltese freshwater crab is found where fresh water / running water is present throughout the year although it does live near pools and springs too.
When threatened, the crab takes shelter by hiding under rocks or stones in the water and among vegetation, or by entering the burrows it digs.
These burrows are dug in mud or clay and can be more than 50 cm deep.
Part of the burrow is normally flooded.
It usually feeds after sunset.
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